In Carrara, in the marble quarries of Michelangelo Buonarroti, there's the "Sculptor Robot".
A gigantic mechanical arm moves slowly towards a block of white marble: the hyper-technological tip spins rapidly and relentlessly.
Jets of water constantly spray to cool the stone, which is delicately yet inexorably worn away by the precision file.
Now, sculptures are made like this: the robot, named BOT1, was created by Robotor and its associate Tor Art, companies founded by two Carrara entrepreneurs passionate about marble and art, Giacomo Massari and Filippo Tincolini, to create marble sculptures, but also in plastic and wood.
The "Sculptor Robot" produces pieces that would normally take a sculptor years of meticulous work to complete and that can now be made in just a few days, saving not only time but also allowing for the creation of art in a safe environment.
In Carrara, they also make perfect replicas of archaeological finds and damaged or destroyed statues, such as a scaled-down reproduction of the Monumental Arch of Palmyra in Syria, destroyed by Isis.
Starting from a photograph or a three-dimensional file sent by the artist, the company's Artificial Intelligence software allows them to create statues commissioned by some of the world's leading artists: here, in short, the new masterpieces are born.
Shall we mention some of the artists who use Robotor? Maurizio Cattelan, Giuseppe Penone, Jeff Koons, Zaha Hadid, Tony Cregg, Marc Queen, Vanessa Beecroft, and many others...